How to Watch North Carolina vs
- Author: Larry Hoffman Mar 18, 2017,
Mar 18, 2017, 10:50
No. 1 seeds in the NCAA tournament are a flawless 128-0 straight up all-time against No. 16 seeds. Friday offered a reminder of why, and maybe a bit of reassurance, too.
North Carolina will face Texas Southern on Friday as the Tar Heels open their 2017 NCAA tournament. The Tigers went 23-11 on the season and played in just eight lined games. Still, the Tar Heels are 27-7 overall and won the ACC regular-season crown. He finished the game leading the Tigers with 19 points. "I just tried to put the work in on the court, away from practice and away from the games and trust that preparation", Jackson said.
"If I can't play close to home I say give me the warmest place, because I'm exhausted of the wintertime", Williams said. Point guard Joel Berry likes to push the pace and the likes of Kennedy Meeks, Isaiah Hicks and freshman Tony Bradley all control the glass in the frontcourt.
Baylor (30-3) is such a huge favorite, not only to defeat Texas Southern but also the victor of the No. 8 seed LSU versus No. 9 California contest, that the Lady Bears unabashedly talked about reaching the regional semifinals in Oklahoma City during their selection-day press conference.
The thing to remember is that greatness comes in all shapes and sizes.
Basketball returns Friday for a combination of reasons - the flag came down in the summer of 2015, less than a year before North Carolina enacted House Bill 2 and got this weekend's basketball moved from Greensboro to Greenville - and this time, while Krzyzewski again "didn't want to get political", he couldn't help it. Texas Southern is in the tournament for the third time in the last four years.
Duke is sharing the Bon Secours Wellness Center with North Carolina, whose coach, Roy Williams has been even more outspoken in his criticism of HB2, which restricts the ability of cities and counties to pass antidiscrimination laws and ordinances. "We wanted to come out and play well and really build momentum for us", sophomore Luke Maye said, "and I think we did that".
The second half was much of the same. Williams said Berry should be fine. Meanwhile, North Carolina, the second favorite on the NCAA tournament odds at some sportsbooks heading into the event, is a monster.
Over the years, the NCAA Tournament has brought out the best in some Tar Heel players. The games moved to SC - the state's first chance to host since 2002 - after it removed the Confederate flag from state capitol grounds in 2015.
The victor of the game will advance to the second round on Sunday, March 19, to play against the victor of No. 8 Arkansas vs.